Despite being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the ancient Roman city of Pompeii has been in a chronic state of neglect ever since. This neglect and poor maintenance is the culprit behind the collapse of an ancient domus on November 6, authorities claim.
Called the House of Gladiators, the domus was once owned by gladiator Marcus Lucretius Fronto and later used by gladiators training for combat.
Although the 2,000-year-old domus is usually closed to the public, it is one of the most important in Pompeii because of the elaborate frescos depicting military emblems located in its lower area. The frescoes ‘could likely be restored,' said Culture minister Sandro Bondi, who was asked to resign following the building's collapse.